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Did you know this about Costa Rica?
The people of Costa Rica often refer to themselves as Ticos or Ticas. Natives refer to foreigners as Gringos or Gringas. The country has 800 miles of coastline that touch either the Atlantic Ocean or Pacific Ocean. Panama borders Costa Rica on the south, Nicaragua is located on the north.
The country is divided into seven different provinces. The entire area of Costa Rica is actually about the size of West Virginia. This is less than 0.05 percent of the world’s total surface area. There are approximately 4.5 million people living in Costa Rica with San Jose being the largest city at 1.5 million people in the metro area. There are over 120 volcano formations in this country; seven of these volcanoes are currently active.
The dry season in Costa Rica lasts from December to April, while the rainy season stretches from May through November. The life expectancy for people living in Costa Rica is around age 77, this is one the highest averages in the entire world.
The country is a democracy and it’s President is Luis Guillermo Solis. The army was abolished in 1949. Costa Rica actually provides reading lessons over public radio broadcasts; the country claims to have a 96 percent literacy rate. This country has some of the highest wages, and is one of the oldest active democracies in Central America.
Fun Facts about Costa Rica
Even though Costa Rica is small, this country hosts five percent of the world’s biodiversity, over 25% of the entire country is currently designated to national parks or refuge areas. This exotic country hosts over 200 species of fish, over 9,000 plants, more than 20,000 spider species and more than 750,000 species of insects.
Ten percent of the world’s butterfly population resides in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is also the hummingbird capital of the world; 52 different species of hummingbird can be found here. Monkeys are bats are two of the most common mammals people come across in Costa Rica.
One of the most popular breakfast dishes in Costa Rica is Gallo Pinto, a mixture of beans and rice. In Costa Rica, many perishable items like milk and eggs may be sold unrefrigerated. Milk is sold in a plastic bag, while wine is often sold in a small paper box.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country full of exotic animals and interesting locals that tourists often enjoy visiting.